Welcome to the Yale Club of Houston - Yale Professor Alex Garvin on Urban Development

Yale Professor Alex Garvin on Urban Development

In Collaboration with the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department

With three Yale degrees and a 44-year history of teaching at Yale, Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management Alex Garvin needs no introduction.  


Having taught the seminal "Introduction to the Study of the City" as well as planning and development courses within the Yale School of Architecture, Professor Garvin has shaped generations of Yale graduates' understanding of the urban environment.  






Alexander Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service. He is currently President and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., a planning and design firm in New York City.  From 1996 to 2005, he was Managing Director of Planning for NYC2012, New York City's committee for the 2012 Olympic bid. During 2002-2003, he was the Vice President for Planning, Design and Development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Over the last 41 years he has held prominent positions in five New York City administrations, including Deputy Commissioner of Housing (1974-1978) and City Planning Commissioner (1995-2004).

Alex is the author of numerous articles and books, including The American City: What Works, What Doesn't, published by McGraw-Hill and winner of the 1996 American Institute of Architects book award in urbanism. (The substantially revised, updated, and expanded 2nd edition was released in 2002). He has also authored Parks, Recreation, and Open Space: A 21st Century Agenda, published in 2001 by the American Planning Association, and was one of the principal authors of Urban Parks and Open Space, published in 1997 jointly by the Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute. Alex is also the author of Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities, published by W. W. Norton in November, 2010.

Alex's projects include The Beltline Emerald Necklace: Atlanta's New Public Realm, commissioned by the Georgia office of The Trust for Public Land in 2004, A New Public Realm for DeKalb County, commissioned by the Livable Communities Coalition, of Atlanta, Georgia in 2007, andHinton Park: From Farmland to Parkland, commissioned by the town of Collierville, Tennessee.  He has recently been engaged in planning and design projects for private developers in Ausitn, TX, Park City, UT,  and New York.


Join fellow alumni and community leaders for a thought-provoking discussion of the future of American urbanism.



Thursday, November 10th

United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive

6:00 pm Reception & Registration

6:30 pm Speech and Discussion


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